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Silver - Individuals: litigation
Right on the doorstep of the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia, Oblon is one of the top outfits in the country when it comes to obtaining patent registrations. It has represented many high-volume filers for decades and, for example, has served as one of Toyota’s most trusted IP firms for nearly 50 years; in the past 15 years it has handled all prosecution for the company’s US entities. Well equipped in terms of electrical, mechanical and chemical expertise, the team easily gets to grips with all kinds of technologies and supports clients from diverse industry backgrounds. The chemical group is particularly well represented in the IAM Patent 1000, with three PhD lawyers – practice co-head Daniel Pereira, former examiner Marina Miller and prosecution and transactions expert Derek Mason – making the cut. Managing partner and physics PhD Philippe Signore carries the flag for the electrical and mechanical prosecution team, though is also a key contributor on the strategic counselling and litigation fronts. He recently represented Biomune Company in connection with the favourable settlement of a high-profile district court litigation brought against Clear H20, working alongside Tia Fenton. She provides dynamic leadership to the litigation group with fellow co-chair Eric Schweibenz, one of the go-to’s for Toyota, and Oblon’s top ITC litigator. He manages the firm’s ITC blog (one of the best of its kind) and is up to speed on all goings on at the commission.